Saturday, September 2, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers with a military escort raided Qusra, injuring 8 Palestinians, including 2 by stones thrown by settlers and 6 by baton rounds fired by Israeli forces. Israeli settlers also assaulted 2 Palestinian shepherds with sticks near al-Mughayyir. Israeli forces shot and injured 2 Palestinians with baton rounds during a raid in Kafr Qaddum. In East Jerusalem, Israel forced 1 Palestinian family to demolish part of their own home in Jabel Mukaber. Off the coast of Gaza, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen west of Gaza City, injuring 1 with a baton round. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 9/2; WAFA 9/3; PCHR 9/7; UNOCHA 9/11)

In Tel Aviv, Israeli forces violently dispersed Eritrean refugees protesting at the Eritrean embassy injuring 15 with live ammunition and baton rounds and dozens of others with tear gas. Most of the 52 people Israel arrested were placed on administrative detention. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the “immediate deportation of those who took part” in the violence during the protest. UNHCR expressed concern about the placement of the Eritrean refugees in administrative detention. (AJ, HA, REU 9/2; AJ, HA, NYT 9/3; ALM, BBC 9/4; AJ, AJ, HA 9/6; HA, HA 9/7)

The Israeli Defense Ministry requested the purchase of 25 F-35 fighter jets worth $3 billion from the U.S., which will be financed by U.S. military aid. (TOI 9/3)